Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

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Virginia Military Institute, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Lexington, VA, a predominately rural area. There are around 1,700 students enrolled each year at VMI.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to VMI. A score in the range of 1540 to 1850 on the SAT exam, or 22 to 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the VMI average GPA ranges from 3.28 to 3.52 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of 47 percent with 53 percent of applicants deciding to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall VMI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Virginia Military Institute was reported as 47.3% in Fall 2013 with over 2,010 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • VMI SAT Scores: 1540 - 1850
  • VMI ACT Scores: 22 - 27
  • VMI Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Virginia Military Institute?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Virginia Military Institute is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for VMI has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 54.4%
  • 2010-2011: 56.4%
  • 2011-2012: 46.1%
  • 2012-2013: 46.1%
  • 2013-2014: 47.3%
  • Projected VMI Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 48.4%

How Does VMI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Virginia Military Institute is seventeen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Washington and Lee University18.4%
Southern Virginia University99.9%
Sweet Briar College84.3%
Randolph College83.4%
Lynchburg College63.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to VMI (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 620
Math530 - 630
Writing490 - 600
Total Score1540 - 1850
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 27
Math23 - 27
Composite Score22 - 27
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